Category Archives: Suspense

Postcards From Shadowland’s Big Fat No.10

Alexandra Schmidt in Mother Kraus' jounrey to happiness mutter-krausens-fahrt-ins-gluck-schmidt

Alexandra Schmidt in ‘Mother Krause’s Journey to Happiness’ (1929)

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Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s brilliant satire- All About Eve (1950) starring the inimitable Bette Davis as Margo Channing and Ann Baxter as the cunning Eve Harrington.

All's Quet on the Western Front

Director Lewis Milestone’s All’s Quiet on the Western Front-(1930) starring Lew Ayres

anatomy of murder scene

Otto Preminger’s riveting court room noir Anatomy of a Murder (1959)


Battleship Potemkin (1925) Sergei Eisenstein’s masterpiece about the great Russian naval mutiny.

Brute Force

Jule’s Dassin’s brutal noir masterpiece Brute Force (1947)


Richard Brooks adaptation of Tennessee William’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)


Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca 1940


Orson Welles’ film classic Touch of Evil (1958)


William Dieterle’s adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1939

kiss of death

Henry Hathaway’s disturbing noir classic Kiss of Death 1947


Otto Preminger’s quintessential noir Laura (1944)

Lee Remick in Experiment in Terror 1960

Blake Edwards Experiment in Terror 1960

Earth Vs The Spider

Bert I. Gordon’s Earth Vs The Spider 1958

Dracula's Daughter

Lambert Hillyer’s understated yet powerfully erotic horror classic Dracula’s Daughter 1936

Linda darnell no way out

Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s taut and thought provoking social noir No Way Out 1950


Mervyn LeRoy’s gangster odyssey Little Caesar 1931

Day the earth stood still robert wise

Robert Wise’s Science Fiction masterpiece The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

long dark hall

Reginald Beck and Anthony Bushell’s suspenseful The Long Dark Hall 1951


Herbert Brenon’s beautiful Laugh, Clown, Laugh 1928


Fritz Lang’s notorious psychological thriller M (1931)

Monday Nights with Oscar

Otto Preminger’s noir masterpiece about addiction The Man with the Golden Arm 1955

allison hayes Attack of the 50 foot woman

Nathan Juran’s iconic 50s campy sci-fi romp Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)


Anthony Mann’s noir classic Raw Deal (1948)

Mother Joan of the Angels

Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s surreal and transcendent Mother Joan of the Angels 1961

Nancy Kelly in The Bad Seed

Mervyn LeRoy’s naughty tale about a child psychopath. The Bad Seed (1956)

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Samuel Fuller’s irreverent noir gem The Naked Kiss (1964)


Carol Reed’s intense noir thriller Odd Man Out (1947)

Norma Desmond

Billy Wilder’s iconic film noir masterwork of grand proportions Sunset Blvd (1950)


Jean Cocteau’s stunning Orpheus (1950) Orphée


Jacques Tourneur’s hauntingly mesmerizing noir Out of the Past (1947)

Peggy Cummings Gun Crazy

Joseph E. Lewis Gun Crazy or Deadly is the Female (1950)


George Steven’s sadness and joyful Penny Serenade (1941)


James Whale’s campy take on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 1931


Edgar G. Ulmer’s sadistic and transgressive journey into horror The Black Cat 1934


Carl Theodor Dreyer’s masterful vision of quiet uncanny horror Vampyr (1932)


Joseph Losey’s titillating noir The Prowler ((1951)


Henri-Georges Clouzot’s brilliantly chilling Les-Diaboliques-1955


Bryan Forbes’ compelling suspense thriller Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964)

Seven Chances

Buster Keaton’s fantastic Seven Chances (1925)


Howard Hawks and Richard Rosson’s SCARFACE (1932)


William Beaudine’s haunting Sparrows (1926)

Bride of Frankestein

James Whales even campier and finest work The Bride of Frankenstein 1935


Elia Kazan’s volatile theme of desolation and passion based on Tennessee William’s play A Streetcar Named Desire 1951


some more divine SUNSET BOULEVARD 1950

the nymph ward shock corridor

Samuel Fuller’s edgy Shock Corridor (1963)


Jame’s Whale’s The Old Dark House 1932


Nicholas Ray’s incredibly beautiful film noir journey They Live By Night (1948)

Theo and Eleanor

Robert Wise’s uncompromising ghost story adapted from Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting (1963)


Raoul Walsh’s iconic crime thriller White Heat (1949)

Postcards From Shadowland no. 9

1933 das testament der dr. mabuse

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse 1933 Fritz Lang

Ace In The Hole

Ace in The Hole – Billy Wilder

Aroused 1966

Aroused 1966 Anton Holden

Bayou 1957

Poor White Trash aka Bayou 1957-Harold Daniels

Blues in the night

Blues in the Night 1941-Anatole Litvak

Edward G Robinson-Little-Caesar with Douglas Fairbanks jr. and Glenda Farrell

Directed by Mervyn LeRoy-Edward G Robinson is Little-Caesar (1931) with Douglas Fairbanks jr. and Glenda Farrell

Experiment in Terror Ross Martin as Red Lynch

Experiment in Terror – Blake Edwards directs -Ross Martin as Red Lynch

Gene Tierney Tobacco Road 1941

Gene Tierney Tobacco Road 1941 directed by John Ford

George Pujouly  Brigitte Fossey Forbidden Games Jeux interdits 1952 René Clément

George Pujouly Brigitte Fossey Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits) 1952 directed by René Clément

Granny-The Southerner

Granny-The Southerner-Jean Renoir

Jeux Interdits

Jeux Interdits

knock on any door

Knock On Any Door 1949 Nicholas Ray

Lena Cabin in The Sky

Lena Horne-Cabin in The Sky 1943- Vincente Minnelli

Lon Chaney in He Who Gets Slapped

Lon Chaney in He Who Gets Slapped 1924 Victor Sjöström

Modern Times Charlie Chaplin

Modern Times Charlie Chaplin 1936

Never Take Sweets From A Stranger

Never Take Sweets From A Stranger 1960 Cyril Frankel

Night of The Demon-Tourneur

Curse of The Demon- 1957 Jacques Tourneur

Peter Lorre in The Man Who Knew Too Much1956

Peter Lorre in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much 1956


Rashomon 1950 -Akira Kurosawa


Roman Polanski’s Repulsion 1965 Catherine Deneuve

The Cobweb

The Cobweb-1955- Vincente Minnelli

The Last Laugh-letzte mann and emil-jannings in

The Last Laugh 1924-with emil-jannings directed by F.W Murnau

the sweet smell of success

The Sweet Smell of Success 1957-directed by Alexander Mackendrick written by Clifford Odets

Viva Zapata with Marlon-Brando and Jean Peters-

Viva Zapata 1952 with Marlon-Brando and Jean Peters-Elia Kazan directs

A Few More Neglected Characters from Classic Film.

Henry Jones

Henry Jones as the slimy, snoopy and salacious Leroy in Mervyn LeRoy’s The Bad Seed 1956

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Agnes in Hush Hush

Agnes Moorehead as Charlotte’s fierce protector Velma in Aldrich’s Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte 1964

Agnes Moorhead Hush Hush

Jack Warden …And Justice for All

Jack Warden as Judge Francis Rayford in Norman Jewison’s… And Justice for All (1979)

Jack Warden

Maidie Norman as Elvira in Baby Jane

Maidie Norman as the righteously concerned, Elvira Stitt in Robert Aldrich’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Maidie Norman Elvia

Miriam Hopkins in The Childrens Hour

Miriam Hopkins as Mrs. Lily Mortar in Lillian Hellman’s in The Children’s Hour 1961 directed by William Wyler

William Wyler and Miriam Hopkins on the set of The Children's Hour

William Wyler and Miriam Hopkins on the set of The Children’s Hour (1961)

Aunt Rose Comfort Baby Doll- Mildred Dunnock

Mildred Dunnock as Aunt Rose Comfort in Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll (1956) with the screenplay by Tennessee Williams

Mildred Dunnock as Aunt Rose in Baby Doll


Michael Pate as Detective Chris Gillespie in The Killer is Loose 1956

Michael Pate in The Killer is Loose

Michael J Pollard Bonnie and Clyde

Michael J. Pollard as C.W. Moss in Bonnie and Clyde 1967

Michael J Pollard


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